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2/27/2017

Educators in Iowa recently held a PJ PD Day after plans for full-day professional-development workshop were derailed by inclement weather. Leaders and participants used Nearpod, Google Docs and the district's social network to present content and collaborate on activities.

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Google Docs, social network, Nearpod
2/27/2017

A free, five-week massive open online course offers assistance to help design blended-learning courses. The course, which is to begin today, will discuss common challenges and provide steps for creating design documents, content pages and other learning resources.

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CampusTechnology.com
2/27/2017

An online curriculum that teaches students about character and how to identify their passions leads this month's Tech Showcase roundup. Also included in this roundup are tools for teachers looking to adopt blended learning and free resources for science and phonics instruction.

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SmartBrief/Education
2/27/2017

President Donald Trump's budget proposal is expected to include the elimination of AmeriCorps -- a move that could affect about 11,000 schools where AmeriCorps members work alongside teachers. Research has shown that the AmeriCorps program has a positive effect on schools.

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Chalkbeat
2/27/2017

Dr. Jerad Gardner, a pathologist at the University of Arkansas, has started using Snapchat for his classes. "My goal is to share good medical knowledge. Best way to do that is to post in the format people like to receive info from. My kids ... er ... med students, use Snapchat so I figure I should try," he said.

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BuzzFeed
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University of Arkansas
2/24/2017

Eighty-six percent of K-12 schools and districts responding to a recent survey say they'll be spending more on digital curricula this year. Schools can maximize the effectiveness of curricula by offering more professional development and training, experts suggest.

2/24/2017

Students from 12 colleges are competing in the first Big Ten gaming tournament for League of Legends. E-sport matches, streamed online, can draw up to 70,000 concurrent online viewers.

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National Public Radio
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League of Legends
2/23/2017

The University of Arizona is the first "Adobe Creative Campus" in the western US. The partnership with Adobe -- which includes a $100,000 gift to the university -- gives students access to tools such as Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

2/23/2017

Crowdfunding increasingly is bolstering immersive learning technologies. This article shows how Indiegogo and Kickstarter are helping fund projects such as Kinful, a virtual-reality platform that lets classrooms in different countries connect and hold conversations about their cultures.

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T.H.E. Journal
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Kickstarter
2/22/2017

The nonprofit Wiki Education Foundation provides resources to help professors assign students to write new Wikipedia entries. A survey by the foundation reports that 87% of faculty who participated in the project noted improvement in their students' media literacy.

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National Public Radio